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St. John’s Lutheran Church is again sponsoring families in our community during the Advent/Christmas season. We have three families who have provided us with a list of items that they are in need of for Christmas. If you are interested in taking part in this service to our community please sign-up for 1-2 items. Once they have been purchased, they can be dropped off:

  • mailed to Tanya Young at Edward Jones, 505 Frontage Rd NE, Byron MN 55920
  • dropped off during our Wednesday evening drive through Advent blessing on December 2 and 9, from 3:00-4:30 pm or 5:30-6:30 pm at St. John’s

Deadline for turning in unwrapped items is Tuesday, December 15. Please mark the gift with the age and gender of the individual purchased for. Questions can be directed to Tanya Young at (316) 390-5368 or tyoung8550@yahoo.com.

Sign up here

A Night of Good Coffee & Good Art

Come enjoy gourmet coffee, appetizers, and fine arts of all kinds. Visual artists and performing artists will be showcasing their talents throughout the evening. Coffee provided by Trail Creek Coffee Roasters.

The Coffeehouse Event will be March 7 at St. John’s from 6:00-9:00 pm. Cost is $10/person.

All proceeds benefit outreach programs and youth programs in our community.

Child care will be available for children ages 6 months-12 years. St. John’s youth will provide games, crafts, snacks, and a movie for $15/child or $40 max/family. Registration and details at stjohnskasson.org/date-nights

MOE to Kasson American Legion Color Guard

Our next MOE (Ministry of Encouragement) visit will be to thank the Kasson American Legion Color Guard on Thursday, March 12, 2020. We will be thanking about 20-25 people. These are all veterans who are at every local veteran’s funeral to recognize them for their service to our country, march and carry the flags in all local parades, participate in ceremonies, and other requests. They are a proud group and we will show them our appreciation and how proud we are of them. Possibly this group recognized one of your loved ones at their funeral. If you would like to carpool, we will meet at the church, depart at 6:45 pm to arrive at the Legion for their 7:00 pm meeting. If you plan to attend and not carpool, you can enter the front door at 212 West Main Street or the west door from the parking lot. The meeting room is in the basement. Sign-up sheets are at the Welcome Center for food donations and/or attending the Thank You. If you want further information or have questions, please contact Ardis Grovdahl (634-7644) or grovdahlardis@kmtel.com

Relay for Life Breakfast

Saturday, March 14, 8:00-11:00 am St. John’s Relay for Life team will serve pancakes and other goodies for breakfast, host a bake sale, and offer a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Dodge County.

Silent auction bidding starts Sunday, March 8, and closes at 11:00 am on March 14. Bake sale items can be brought to the church kitchen Friday, March 13. Please mark them with Relay for Life event.

Date Nights provided by St. John’s youth

Need a chance to get out without the kids? Go on a date? Do some errands? Finish a project at home?

The youth of St. John’s will be providing monthly date nights for kids ages 6 months – 12 years. Note the expanded age range! Dates for these will be as follows. Click on the date to register.

Cost is $15 per child, max cost per family is $40.

Event will include games/active play, craft, snack, and a movie.

Funds support the youth going on summer 2020 camps and trips.

Help provide Thanksgiving meals

Food For Friends will be providing a Thanksgiving meal to Kasson-Mantorville families in need this holiday. As we give thanks for this year’s blessings, please consider a donation. Food donations may be placed in the tote labeled “Food For Friends” by 11:00 am, Sunday, November 24. We’re seeking: five pound bags of potatoes, cans of corn, boxed stuffing, gravy mix packets, cranberry relish, butter, and disposable roasting pans. Monetary donations to go towards the purchase of turkeys and pies may be made out to “Food For Friends” and left in the St. John’s office. Thank you for sharing your blessings with Food for Friends!

2019 Fall Fest

Sunday, September 15
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Education Commission is excited to kick off the program year with St. John’s Fall Fest. We’ll celebrate with food, games, and activities including a bouncy house with a slide AND a dunk tank! Plan to bring a few lawn chairs and the whole family out to enjoy an afternoon together with your faith community. All are welcome!

Volunteers make this an amazing experience. Sign up to help with the food, games, set-up, clean-up, or more here.

 

Ready, Set, Learn now collecting

Ready Set Learn is gearing up for the 2019 season. This is a program that gives school supplies and backpacks to any child that goes to school in Dodge County, and is in need of help. Applications are available in the St. John’s office and turned in to St. Johns Lutheran Church or MN Prairie Alliance before July 29. An application is required, but assistance is not income-based.

Items requested are listed below or pick up a shopping list in the Narthex. Bring your donations to the bin in the Narthex at St. John’s. Lists available near the bin.

  • backpacks (large preferred)
  • glue sticks (washable, small)
  • 2-pocket folders (blue, green, red, yellow)
  • washable markers (wide or narrow)
  • spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled; blue, green, red, yellow)
  • #2 pencils (12 packs)
  • pencil pouches/boxes
  • dry erase markers (wide or narrow)
  • highlighters (wide or narrow)
  • composition books (wide or college ruled).

If you have any questions please contact program coordinator Tanya Young at tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368.

Relay for Life is August 2

During Dodge County’s Relay for Life, the St. John’s Relay for Life team will be selling root beer floats, soda, water, chips, bars, and cookies. Stop by August 2 from 6:00 pm -12:00 am.

Other opportunities at the event include:

A silent auction from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

When it gets dark, the honorary chairs walk the track and luminaries are lit in honor or memory of loved ones.

That night they will announce team fundraising totals and the honorary chairs will speak.

People can walk the track any time. There are also track signs advertising business names. Anyone is interested in purchasing one for $100, contact Tanya Young (tyoung8550@yahoo.com or (316) 390-5368) to have your purchase count towards St. John’s team’s fundraising total.

Creation Kids Preschool Carnival

The entire community is invited to a free carnival to celebrate Creation Kids Preschool’s 20th anniversary. On June 6, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm, there will be food (hot dogs and accompaniments), bounce house, face painting, treats, games, and more. Anyone registering for preschool at the event will have the registration fee waived.

Family Fun Night

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Bust out your hula skirts and come out for this year’s Family Fun Night on Wednesday, June 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at St. John’s. We’ll have a luau theme in celebration of our Shipwrecked VBS. Food, games, crafts, and more—fun activities for the whole family all FREE! The whole community is invited to come celebrate.

Get shipwrecked with us this summer!

Our FREE vacation Bible school – Shipwrecked VBS – is coming up quickly. From June 24-28, 8:30 am – 11:30 am children ages 3 through 4th grade (’18-’19 school year) are invited to learn about God in fun and exciting ways. Through music, crafts, and games we will learn how God continues to rescue us. We also offer early drop-off, late pick-up, and transportation to Just Like Home or Project Kids in Kasson. We’re also looking for helpers from 5th grade through adults. Details at stjohnskasson.org/vbs or talk to Deacon Amanda.

Exciting changes for CKP

Creation Kids Preschool has a TWO THUMBS UP announcement!

Proudly starting our 21st year of preschool, we are full of excitement to share the news of our Before & After Care program. This will be full-time, 5 days a week for registered Creation Kids preschoolers at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN. Monday through Friday hours are 6:15 am – 6:00 pm.

Beginning September 2019, with convenient options to help simplify your busy life, we invite you to explore our new program, Little Lambs. CKP Little Lambs will consist of a structured play group that will include the lunch hour with friends and a mix of small and large motor activity time, creative arts/activities, reading/story time, outdoor play (weather permitting) and a rest period depending on your child’s preschool programming for that particular day. Details on classes and Before and After Care for 2019-2020 are in the registration information at stjohnskasson.org/preschool

We invite you to visit our booth at the Dodge County Expo at Triton High School on Saturday, March 30 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Along with fun games and prizes, we will have more information about this new program. Registration for preschool will open to the public on March 30 and for current preschool and St. John’s families, registration is now open.

For questions, please reach out to any of the following associated with Creation Kids Preschool; our administrator, board members, or teachers: Lindy Bungum, Tessa Carolan, Lindsay Colwell, Risa Fellows, Katie Freerksen, Anne Holtan, Rachel Linbo, Jessica Paulsen, Amanda Sabelko, Phyllis Sands, Kresta Schultz, Teresa Watkins, or email preschool@stjohnskasson.org.

Please feel free to pass this news along! Limited spots available so don’t wait too long!

We would like to thank everyone, past and present St. John’s Staff, board members, teachers, our congregation and community, and 20 years of students, parents and families for your love and support in growing this amazing preschool program. We realized there was a need in our community and we can now answer back by expanding our ministry with loving hearts and your continued support!

May God continue to bless you all!

Parents: need a night out?

St. John’s is hosting childcare Saturday, January 12 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The 25 spaces are first come, first served. Sign up at stjohnskasson.org/babysitting (coming soon!) or the Welcome Center. Dinner, snacks, crafts, games, and a movie will be provided. Price is $20 per child or $50 maximum per family. Children ages 6 months-12 years are eligible to attend.

KM Ministerial Association on October 11

Our next Ministry of Encouragement (MOE) visit will be held October 11 at 10:00 am for the Kasson Mantorville Ministerial Association. This group of local ministers meet regularly to provide/discuss support, ideas, and plans that benefit our entire community. We will meet at St. John’s at 9:30 am and travel together to the First Congregational Church in Mantorville. Please sign up on the sheets at the Welcome Center to bring in food and other items for this MOE, and to let us know you will be attending. See you then and blessings to all. Questions, call Mary Adam at (507) 696-8469 or Ardis Grovdahl at (507) 634-7644.